and popped up in areas like a look at city, colombia, clarksville and woodbine. >> he's knocking on doors to see if residents are home. when he finds a resident company asks for someone who doesn't live there and quickly leaves. >> police believe all of the break-ins are related and most likely being committed by the same person. they also say they always got a huge break in the case after the suspect was spotted by a 13- year-old boy. >> he was at home when he heard someone knocking out affront door. he did not answer and soon after the door was kicked in. when the suspect realize someone was in the house, he ran away quickly. >> please are reminding all residents of howard county to make sure deadbolts on their door are locked and to hide their valuables. >> people should keep their valuables in an unexpected place. don't put them in your jewelry box. you have a safe or can get one, that's the best way to secure your property. >> police are asking anyone who sees something suspicious in their neighborhood, including focused you don't recognize knocking on doors, to call 911 immediately.